Ravel, Dukas, and More
Yannick Nézet-Séguin leads the renowned Curtis Symphony Orchestra and rising young stars of the Curtis Opera Theatre in a musical tour of France. Romantic, mysterious, and awe-inspiring like the glow of Paris at night, this delightful program of mischievous magic, childhood fairytales, and operatic jewels celebrates the music of Dukas, Gounod, Debussy, Massenet, and Ravel.
Paul Dukas’s masterful symphonic tone poem, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, has become wildly popular with audiences across the globe since its premiere in 1897. Based on a ballad by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe and immortalized through Walt Disney’s groundbreaking animated film Fantasia, this lively work captures the imagination as the spell of an inept magician’s apprentice goes chaotically awry.
This spirited scherzo is followed by popular opera selections from Charles Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette, Claude Debussy’s Pelléas et Mélisande, Jules Massenet’s romantic tragedy Werther, and two works by master orchestrator Maurice Ravel. That impressionist composer’s playful Mother Goose Suite (Ma Mère L’Oye), a collection of five charming storybook miniatures, and Daphnis et Chloé, Suite No. 2, a ravishing, romantic “choreographic symphony” in three exhilarating parts for orchestra and chorus, bring the evening to a thrilling close.
|PAUL DUKAS||The Sorcerer's Apprentice|
|CHARLES GOUNOD||Roméo et Juliette (excerpts)|
|CLAUDE DEBUSSY||Pelléas et Mélisande (excerpts)|
|JULES MASSENET||Werther (excerpts)|
|CHARLES GOUNOD||Faust (excerpts)|
|MAURICE RAVEL||Mother Goose Suite|
|Daphnis et Chloé, Suite No. 2|